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Chess: A Brain-Building Strategy for the Classroom


Research reveals that chess improves children's critical thinking and problem solving skills. One indicator of that fact, according to America's Foundation for Chess (AF4C), is that chess players demonstrate higher math and reading test scores. The AF4C cites chess's ability to improve visual memory, attention span, spatial reasoning, the capacity to predict and anticipate consequences, and the ability to use criteria to drive decision making and to evaluate alternatives.

Learn More About the Educational Benefits of Chess

Chess Club Teaches Thinking Skills, Sportsmanship
A chess club at Northwoods Elementary School involves kids, parents, and a volunteer coach. An annual Chess Challenge brings in kids and families from the wider community to enjoy this thinking persons game.

Chess, Anyone? -- Chess As an Essential Teaching Tool
Educator Brenda Dyck reflects on whether smart kids play chess or chess makes kids smart. She ponders the thinking byproducts of playing chess, including the game's impact on students' skills, thinking abilities, and self-esteem.

Chess Clubs Give Kids New Skills -- and New Hope
Volunteers teach members of the Young Masters Chess Club in Reno, Nevada, how to play the game of chess -- and much more. Chess is a tool for teaching such skills as concentration and critical thinking. Chess is a game that can change kids' lives.